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 Post subject: Re: Trump's America
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:35 pm 
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Ugh, yes. I posted the most egregiously silly one somewhere else - "Amendment #7 - do you want to ban offshore drilling AND public vaping?" I hates it. :nono:


Yeah, it is ridiculous and makes a bad system (while I think that direct democracy is in theory a good thing, the initiative process is broken throughout the country, certainly including here in California) even worse. That having been said, the reform that your state passed restoring voting rights to almost one and half million felons, a high percentage of whom are people of color, could end having been the most signficant result of Tuesday's election. Given how close elections are in Florida, and what a pivotal role it often plays in the electoral college count, that might have been pivotal moment in Mr. Trump losing his reelection.

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 Post subject: Re: Trump's America
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:11 pm 
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Tee hee:
Scott Walker narrowly loses Wisconsin governor's race – and he can't ask for a recount because of a law he put in place
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If a candidate in Wisconsin is losing by less than 1 percent, they can ask for a recount — but Walker lost by 1.2 percent.

Business Insider reports that the threshold is due to a law Walker signed after President Trump was elected. Mr. Trump won Wisconsin by 23,000 votes, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who received just 1 percent of the vote, demanded and received a recount, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. In response, the state legislature passed a measure mandating that in the future, candidates could only request a recount if they were losing by less than 1 percent.


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 Post subject: Re: Trump's America
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:04 pm 
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Welcome to democracy, Mr. Walker.

In all seriousness, why doesn't Wisconsin have term limits?

On another note, while Trump's caravan hysteria may have played well in some parts of the country, the Congressional districts along the US-Mexico border are now awash in blue. In a way this makes sense - the people closest to the border tend to have more nuanced/less fear-driven opinions about it than the people hundreds or thousands of miles away.

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 Post subject: Re: Trump's America
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:45 am 
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Oh sweet karma kisses Scotty Walker. I am not sorry to see him go.

I have relatives who live in Arizona (who watch Fox news) and they are all riled up in fear over Trump's caravan propaganda.


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 Post subject: Re: Trump's America
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:34 pm 
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https://twitter.com/marklowen/status/10 ... 6979076096

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In today’s ⁦@lemondefr⁩: When #Trump received the leaders of #Estonia, #Latvia and #Lithuania, he began by blaming them for the war in Yugoslavia. It took them a few moments to realise he’d mixed up the Balkans and the Baltics. ⁦@SylvieKauffmann⁩ https://t.co/HYQYpbqgGs


There was a joke in the late Soviet years, when Brezhnev's dementia became impossible to conceal, that today in Kremlin he took the French ambassador for the Italian and had a productive conversation. (Comparing Trump to Brezhnev is a compliment. Brezhnev had been on the front lines of WWII, and shown himself as a competent administrator. He used his position to ensure a lavish lifestyle for himself, and sent dissidents to mental institutions, but when seen on the scale of other Soviet leaders, he was practically a sweetheart.)

I also like how Le Monde prints "fake news" in English, without translation.

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 Post subject: Re: Trump's America
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:27 am 
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I have no words for that one. Absolutely none. If it were a coworker I'd either let it slide or gently correct them, but the POTUS really needs to be held to a higher standard.

I suppose next he'll be commiserating with the Austrian contingent about the terrible losses to the ANZAC forces at Gallipoli. :roll:

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